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Sue - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

531 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 161
Gots: 102 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The south is famous for smoking everything. Why not beer? Sue is a big, rich, smoky malt bomb of a beer, with mellow smokiness coming from barley malts smoked with cherry wood, and assertive bitterness from Galena and Perle hops to cleanse the finish.

Original tap version was 7.5% ABV, bottled version is up to 9%.

(Beer added by: ckeegan04 on 07-29-2009)
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Ratings: 531 | Reviews: 203 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Beerzebub:
Photo of Beerzebub
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice extra, thanks Curtis!

Poured in a Bruery tulip at a moderately cool temperature. Dark brown with minimal tan head.

Smells like sweet wood smoke with some malt, appetizing.

Very nice smoke flavor, well integrated with malty chocolate and coffee. Delicious and well balanced.

Medium bodied, the rich flavor might work with a fuller body, but it's good. Smooth, with some creaminess from the tininess of the bubbles.

A pleasure to drink, I'm glad I had the chance to try this.

Beerzebub, Sep 16, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer I was seeking out most when in middle Tennessee last weekend.Poures a deep dark chocolate brown with a tinge of ruby when held to the light,a frothy beinge head that left a few broken rings of lace as it slowly.Alot of nice stuff going on in the aromas,smoke and brine are the first things I notice followed by bitter chocolate and earthy hops,a little alcohol sweetness as it warms.Complex flavors with a decent amount of smoke but not in your face,there is some chocolate sweetness but there is a big earthy component keeping the sweetness from becoming over bearing,there is some molasses and sweet alcohol in the finish detected as well.This is as good and maybe better than what I was hoping for,well done Yazoo.

oberon, May 08, 2013
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

OhioBobcat, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Cherrywood-smoked malt in the house! Tan lace crowns the black liquid; smoky, burnt malt and a faint currant nose. Smoothness reaches new depths in this ultra-creamy, big-bodied brew. Flavors pour over with suggestions of highly roasted coffee, extremely dark chocolate, smoke charred wood and burnt marshmallows. There is some hoppiness behind the smoke and roasted grain, which tames any sweetness that arises. The alcohol warms well but is very clean. Long, smoky, roasty finish. No need to be subtle here: Yazoo hits all the right targets and balances out the smoke very well. Epic.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of merlin48
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been wanting to sample Sue for several months. A huge thank you to mntlover for gifting me this one. Pours a deep and dark brown body, opaque to light. Two finger tan head hangs around a few minutes and deposits some patchy lace.

Aroma opens with campfire smoke, followed by roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. As it warms, there is a note of smoked meats akin to barbecue. Nice.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied with a creamy light medium carbonation.

Taste is a wonderful conglomeration of smoked pork, campfire smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. Earthy hops contribute an ideal bitterness that compliments the assorted dark roasty notes. Smoky aftertaste is longlasting.

Got to give this one a five for overall score. For one thing, it's the best Tennessee brewed beer I've ever tasted, by a longshot. Second, it's just that well done. Reminds me of some of the smoked beers out of Bamberg that I'm fond of. Really a pleasant surprise to see Yazoo put out such a fine brew. This is an all around excellent smoked imperial porter.

merlin48, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to barzigkin for sharing this bottle. This has been on my wants list for several years.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has a ton of smoke, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. I get a ton of meaty, BBQ smoke up front. I also get some chocolate and a hint of roasted malt, but this is definitely all about the smoke - and the smoke is very well done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice smoked beer that didn't disappoint.

Mora2000, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Franziskaner
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color and impenetrable to light. Just a thin beige head covering about half of the top of the beer.aroma of chocolate and dark malt is apparent. The flavor is boldly packed with slightly bitter dark malt,chocolate,and leather. The mouth is creamy and smooth.

Franziskaner, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bpfrush, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Cynic-ale, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of jtladner
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

jtladner, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of daveytheformer
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a fluffy khaki head that fades to some lacing.

Smells like liquid smoke and lots of rye malt. Noticeable hop aroma mixed up with burnt chocolate.

Tastes follow through with chocolate, coffee, tobacco and a mild hop bite.

Mouthfell is medium bodied with light carbonation.

Overall is really good. Makes me very proud of my hometown Nashville for haveing this kick ass brewery.

daveytheformer, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Zonian1, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of jmponder
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

jmponder, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Beer21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Beer21, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of freehafe
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

freehafe, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle stamped 01.NOV1
(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a lumpy sticky head that last and last. There is a few bubbles that become visible and trail up the side of the glass.

S- The wet stone smell quickly turns to roasted dark malt and a gentle mellow smoke note grows in the finish. There is a woody quality to the smoke as it opens but it always stays soft.

T- The rich slightly dry dark roasted malt flavor has some dark graham malt flavors underneath with mellow roasted bitterness that lingers after the slightly dry finish. There is a gentle smoke flavor that supports the blended malt flavors.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a thick creamy finish.

O- The full roasted porter is big but drinkable and smooth. There is a good malt support but lets the malts be the star of the show. Thanks to Coldchill for this gem.

rhoadsrage, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of rye_so_serious
4/5  rDev -3.4%

rye_so_serious, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of weonfire
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Black as night. Huge light mocha head, excellent lacing, sticks to high beer mark. very impressive.

S - Roasted barley, grassy, nutty malt

T - initial: roasted malt, barley, grassy, nutty. finish: hops are real mellow (3/10 bitter), smokey taste lingers a tiny bit

M - really nice froth, mellow cream, viscosity is high

O - This is much better that i expected. I normally don't like smoked porters but this i would order again. I believe the 93 IBUs, while don't make this beer 'hoppy', do a great job balancing this beer and make it not too smokey or roasty but very drinkable. I enjoyed this.

weonfire, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of lnashsig
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to TheGordianKnot for the chance to taste this one- he told me all about Sue, and I'm thrilled to try it out. Bottled dated April 2011. Poured into my dfh snifter, pours a pitch black color, tan head that fills the glass and then recedes quickly. I almost see a tinge of red in the head. Smell- this is so unique to me. Cherry sweetness, mixed with the smoke from the malt, some charcoal from the smoke flavor. Wow- very complex. Taste- wow. first you get the bitter chocolate, then you get the thick coffee grind, then you get the incredible cherry sweetness. Reminds me of biting into a fancy dark chocolate piece of candy with cherry filling. So decadent, so complex. Mouthfeel- there's a nice thick syrupy feel to this that fits well. This is a big bad imperial porter, and the mouthfeel makes that apparent. Drinkability- a sipper for sure, but enjoying every drop. Love me some Sue.

lnashsig, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Indytruks138
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Indytruks138, Sep 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

javlin624, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 04, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black, smoke and grease aromas. Not as thick, but certainly as smokey and boozy as can be expected. Understated carbonation. Dangerously easy drinking, fairly one dimensional, a little roast and mollasses and complex smoke (cherry wood). Alcohol warming.Bottle from SilverX IP.

Sammy, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained in trade from Imperialhopper83 (thanks!). Bottled in the 4th week of December, 2009. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Blasting Jay Reatard in the background (because this beer brings to mind fantasies of Memphis more than Nashville).

Very dark brown with faint chestnut highlights when held up to very bright light. An even finger of tan foam recedes to a rich collar and a thin slick coating. Fast moving sandy lacing and oily varnish on the sides of the glass.

Tallow, bacon, mice, brown butter, brown sugar, black malt, and sour coffee in the nose.

Charcoal, burnt sugar, roast malt, molasses, and a hint of hops on the palate. Heavy roast malt. Very low diacetyl is easily forgivable for the style. Dry, almost salty finish after multiple waves of dark sweetness. This would possibly make the best addition to a tri-tip marinade imaginable (is this a beer or a sauce?).

Alcohol heat comes across as black pepper on the gums - and adds a bit of body to what is at heart a medium-light ale. Slightly astringent, but not acrid - imagine if Schlenkerla did a sort of "imperial" schwarzbier.

A damn fine beer.

augustgarage, Jan 20, 2010
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Sue from Yazoo Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.